2013 Theme Park Insider Tournament: Pooh's Hunny Hunt vs. Kilimanjaro Safaris
Written by Robert Niles
Today on the Theme Park Insider Tournament we feature two unique and ambitious attractions that, well, were kinda tough to find a match for in this year's field. So they ended up facing each other.
Don't make this mistake of assuming that Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland is anything like the Pooh rides in Orlando and Anaheim. Richly detailed, the Tokyo Pooh ride features a trackless ride system that allows each trip through the 100-acre wood to become unique.
You start in the wood, where you can look up to find Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Owl floating along on a Blustery Day. From there, your hunny pots whisk you into the next room, where a bee swarm introduces Tigger for a friendly bounce around the room. (The bouncing cars and scenery get me every time I watch it.) Then things get a little trippy. As the scene melts into a star field, you drift among the Heffalumps and Woozles, where the hunny pots spin from one near miss to another before escaping to find Pooh again, blissfully enjoying a rather immense amount of honey.
Here's an on-ride video that allows you a taste of the experience:
Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom also offers a unique experience with each visit. Climb aboard a tour bus for a trip through the park's animal reserves, where you might see giraffes, crocodiles, rhinos, lions and many other African animals.
Over the years, Disney's trimmed back the storyline of this ride, which originally featured poachers killing a mother elephant while tour guides rush to save her baby. The "Little Red" storyline's gone now, replaced with a new zebra exhibit at the end of the journey. I couldn't find a video of the newest version of the ride, but here's a good video that captures much of the spirit of the attraction, including some of its "Jungle Cruise with live animals" appeal:
Again, here's the criterion for voting: If you're in a theme park with both attractions, which one would you want to go on most? Let's get to the vote.
Tomorrow: We wrap up round one with Tower of Terror vs. Indiana Jones Adventure.
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